Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

This Monday was a total solar eclipse! Thanks to a generous donation by Christine (Nathan’s mom), all the students (and teachers) were able to wear solar eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. Scott even brought in his telescope (with a special filter) so the kids could see it close up. The eclipse started at around 10am, but peak coverage was closer to 11:30. Everyone had fun getting to see the progression! Fun fact: the next total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the United States until 2044.

Project Week

Project Week

This week was Project Week at Kino! It was hard to keep track of all the fun projects throughout the week.

Here are some workshop highlights: scrapbooking with Neha, knitting with Cezanne, painting the basketball court with Tony, a picnic with Caroline, sheep shearing with Lisa, mural painting with Vanessa, and lots of painting with Jen.

We also had a lot of parents and students run workshops too! Carlyn (Kaimoku, Rosemary, and Violet’s Mom) came in to help process Alabama’s wool until thread. Clark (Will and Eliza’s Mom) helped students make recycled paper. They even made a scarf! Chad (Lucas’s Dad) came in to teach an all-ages juggling workshop. Students also held workshops! Janeya (a Junior) taught a balloon animal workshop to primary and high school/junior high and Madeline showed students how to crochet during the knitting workshop.

Regular classes also took breaks from regularly scheduled programs, and students were excused from classes to work on independent projects. Mike did lots of fun experiments and games with primary/mid-level, Noelle helped the Primary kids make an acrostic poem and shirt for Lyra using sandpaper, and Cezanne made board games with her mid-level Spanish students and a dubbed Spanish clip from “Ratatouille” with her Junior High Spanish students. Students excused from classes spent the week translating songs, making presentations, creating games and animation in Flolab, learning to throw on the wheel, pouring concrete, and making movie trailers. They all were given the opportunity to present their projects to the school at the end of the week.

Career Panel & Ken’s Goodbye Party

Career Panel & Ken’s Goodbye Party

Career Panel

This week, Serena (our counselor) organized a career panel for our high schoolers. We had five panelists speak: Andrew, an electrical engineer who specializes in digital signal processing; Caleb, an apprentice at a local construction company; Genesis, a policy advisor for Mayor Regina Romero; Allison, a certified surgical technician in orthopedics and plastic surgery; and Jen, a registered nurse who works in pediatric home healthcare. The panelists all spoke about their education and the pros and cons of their profession, and students were able to ask questions during their presentation. We hope to have another panel with more careers before the end of the year!

Ken’s Goodbye Party

Sadly, this was Ken’s last week as our primary aide. She’s been a wonderful addition to our Kino family, and the primary kids will miss her! This Thursday she brought in donuts and had a party where they all shared their favorite memories together. Even though we’re sad to say goodbye to Ken, she’s been working with Jade, our new primary aide, to make sure that it’ll be a smooth transition, and we’re excited to welcome Jade! Jade also took over for afterschool earlier this month, and she’s been really enjoying getting to know all the kids. Ken plans to write to the primary students, who are all excited to write letters back to her. We know they’ll miss her drawings, songs, and games!

Senior Project Sneak Peek

Senior Project Sneak Peek

This year both our seniors, Diego and Nico, are working with Charlie to add workshops to the Animal Center for their Senior Projects!
Nico is adding a Kino Department of Land Management Headquarters (DLM) on the west side of the woodworking/storage building. Nico founded and leads the DLM, which is devoted to maintaining and preserving the trails and desert on our 10 acres of property. This outdoor office/classroom space will be used for Kino DLM meetings. So far, Nico and Charlie have made a frame for pouring concrete and installed water lines. They also plan to add half-walls to the south and west sides of the space, and Nico is having a custom sign made for the space. Jack, a freshman, has been helping with both projects for community service, and he will get the Presidential Volunteer Service Award this year for all the community service he’s done!
Diego is adding a Welding/Shop space to the east side of the building. He also made a frame for pouring concrete and installed water lines. Diego is passionate about shop and welding, and he hopes to pursue that for a future career. Diego and Charlie recently brought all the shop and metalworking supplies and tools down to the Animal Center so that we can have a dedicated space for Industrial Arts. While shop students have started welding at the Animal Center, there wasn’t a flat space to work. Diego’s outdoor classroom space will be perfect for welding and shop projects for future classes!
Charlie has been spending weekends helping Diego and Nico finish these laborious senior projects, and they will be pouring concrete this weekend. We’re so excited to see the finished products in May!
Psychology Discovery @ Flandrau

Psychology Discovery @ Flandrau

This week, Dawn and Caroline took their Anatomy and Physiology, Human Nature, and Psychology classes to U of A’s Flandrau Science Center to their Psychology Discovery exhibit. Students were able to participate in a series of hands-on activities on a variety of topics, including “sensation/perception, memory, social psychology, wellbeing/emotion, and the functions of neurons in the brain.” Some highlights from the trip were wearing immersion goggles while playing catch, a timed assembly of brain models (Joan won!), participating in a social conformity activity, and getting to see an EEG of Caroline’s brain. The kids had so much fun that Caroline is already thinking of how to host our own series of brain games during project week! 
Love of Reading Month

Love of Reading Month

This year, in addition to teaching Spanish and music, Cezanne has also taken on the role of Kino Librarian. She’s got a troupe of volunteers, self-titled the “Library Gremlins,” that have been helping her upkeep the library, shelve books, clean, decorate, and make displays. Andrew and Nico even designed a fully operational book pulley to the loft so that books could easily be transported up and down. They used it to bring the chess table up!
This month they put a variety of black authors on display in honor of Black History month. They’ve also been working on posters to celebrate Love of Reading month. Today, they went on a field trip to Bookmans to buy books and do market research on the most popular books to get for the library. Nathan was their 50th customer of the day and got his books for free! 

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, February 14th, we are inviting students to come in wearing PJs and with their favorite book. If they don’t have a book, Cezanne and her library gremlins organized a “Blind Date with a Book” activity, where students are encouraged to “not judge a book by its cover” and pick one of their wrapped books to read. Robert Bonilla, a parent and firefighter, will come in to read to the kids in the afternoon.
They’ve also got big plans for this year’s Book Breakfast on February 17th from 9:30-11:30. They will be hosting several book-focused games and activities during breakfast. There will also be a poster contest for students. The cost of admission is one new book for our library. This year, they are hoping that parents will donate books for the young adult section of our library, as well as books that feature diverse perspectives. If you aren’t sure what to bring, here’s the book registry that all the teachers have been adding to for the event! We hope to see everyone there.